Deepwater is generally considered to be where depths exceed 6′. Deepwater is not prevalent and typically found in areas closer to the Bay than further inland.
For larger craft and/or sailboats with keels that increase the need for depth, many of the smaller creeks and coves, even with extended docks, will not provide the depth required for safe navigation. The numerous marinas located throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula typically are located along deep water to allow access to most types of recreational boats found in the Bay communities.
There are some natural locations which offer 6′ or more of depth within easy reach of a personal dock but generally speaking, deepwater access from a private boat dock is somewhat rare.